Meanwhile, Wade — who has Zaya and Zaire, 18, with his ex-wife Siohvaughn Funches, as well as 6-year-old Xavier with Aja Metoyer and 15-month-old Kaavia with Union — announced Zaya’s name change on “The Ellen Degeneres Show” on Tuesday morning, when he explained he couldn’t be more proud of his daughter.
He said: “First of all, me and my wife Gabrielle, we are proud parents of a child in the LGBTQ+ community, and we are proud allies as well.
“Once Zaya, our 12-year-old, came home … first, Zion. I don’t know if everyone knows, originally named Zion. Zion, born as a boy, came home and said, ‘Hey, so I want to talk to you guys. I think going forward, I’m ready to live my truth. And I want to be referenced as she and her. I’d love for you guys to call me Zaya.’
“When our child comes home with a question, when our child comes home with an issue, when our child comes home with anything, it’s our job as parents to listen to that, to give them the best information that we can, the best feedback that we can.
“And that doesn’t change because sexuality is now involved in it.”